Famous anti-death penalty campaigner Sister Helen Prejean, who inspired the Susan Sarandon movie "Dead Man Walking," testified Monday on behalf of the Boston Bomber facing possible execution for murdering four, including an 8 year old child, and wounding 264, many of whom lost limbs.
Summoned by the defense, her purpose was to demonstrate that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is sorry for his bloody crimes, even though he declined to testify himself about his supposed sorrow, instead looking bored while surviving victims have testified of their suffering.
"He said emphatically, 'No one deserves to suffer like they did,'" the activist nun testified. Searching for evidence of his sorrow, she recalled of his voice during their conversation: "It had pain in it, actually, when he said what he did about 'nobody deserves that.' I had every reason to think he was taking it in and he was genuinely sorry for what he did." more >>
An Indiana organization dedicated to marijuana that calls itself the First Church of Cannabis will host its first "worship service" on July 1, the same day that the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act goes into effect.
The organization will test the law's ban on government burdens on the exercise of religion as it will feature a pot-smoking session that is illegal in the state of Indiana.
The cannabis group's founder Bill Levin explained plans for the service to U.S. News and said it will open with "Amazing Grace" played on a harmonica by a popular young musician and move to a quick sermon followed by a "call to worship," which is actually just a time for smoking marijuana. more >>
Princess Modupe Ozolua, an entrepreneur and philanthropist from the royal family of the Benin Kingdom in Edo State, Nigeria, has called on the international community to get involved in a project seeking to help the victims of Boko Haram rebuild their lives.
Ozolua said that campaigns such as BringBackOurGirls have been good for raising awareness on the issue, but argued that the thousands of women and children affected by Boko Haram also need help, not just the kidnapped Chibok girls.
"What is most important for people to understand is that this is a very serious issue. These are men, women and children. When we go to the camps, and see everyone crying, we think 'Oh God, this is such a mess.' But the truth is it can happen to anybody," Ozolua told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday. more >>
The last time Ronald Tate, father of slain Hattiesburg police officer Liquori Tate, saw his beloved son was at his police academy graduation in June last year. The next time he sees him will be at his funeral on Saturday.
On the night of May 9, the war veteran, who had a very close bond with his 25-year-old son, received a phone call that would forever change his life.
"My sister and I don't talk much so I was surprised she was calling," a devastated Tate recalled in an interview with The Christian Post Monday, the same day a memorial was held in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in his son's honor. "She said 'Liquori has been shot' and the first thing your mind says [in that moment] is 'there's hope.' All I did on Saturday was called 'God, God, God, help me. This has happened but help me." more >>
A local sheriff's office in Western Kentucky has seized 10 homeschool children from their parents after an allegation was filed claiming that the family's "off-the-grid," homestead lifestyle placed the children in dangerous living conditions.
While Joe Naugler was away from the family's 28-acre rural homestead with eight of his kids last Wednesday, his wife, Nicole Naugler, was at home with the two oldest children when Breckinridge County Sheriff's deputies surrounded the family's makeshift cabin home and demanded that Naugler hand over her kids.
Not wanting to hand over her children to the police, Naugler attempted to drive away from her property and was subsequently pulled over by the police officers. The officers then took the two kids into custody and arrested Naugler, who is five months pregnant, for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. more >>
Less than three months after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would not bring criminal charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, the former neighborhood watch captain is back in the headlines, this time due to reports that he suffered a minor injury during a shooting in Lake Mary, Florida on Monday.
The troubled 31-year-old was reportedly seen walking to an ambulance following a shooting that police sources say involved him and another man and took place on Lake Mary Boulevard. It is unclear what exactly transpired or how many gunshots were fired but police spokeswoman, Bianca Gillett, said the shooting may have been triggered by some type of road rage incident, reported CNN.
"He walked normally into the ambulance, so he wasn't being helped or nothing," onlooker Ricardo Berrare told CNN affiliate WESH. "They actually backed up the ambulance next to his driver side so he could walk into the door." more >>